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Six African countries have joined forces to launch the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance to collectively scale-up investment and development across the continent’s burgeoning green hydrogen landscape. With strategic intent to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future for Africa, the alliance aims to foster collaboration, ensure an enabling regulatory environment and mobilize green hydrogen initiatives across the continent.
The Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance was officially launched at the Green Hydrogen Global Assembly in Spain this week, with support from the United Nations (UN) Climate Change High-Level Champions; the Green Hydrogen Organization; the African Development Bank; and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.
GREEN HYDROGEN DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
As founding member states of the alliance, South Africa, Namibia, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya and Mauritania are now calling on their African state counterparts to join. Emphasizing the important role of collaboration in realizing large-scale green hydrogen projects, the alliance represents a platform whereby key project synergies, research and development as well as lessons learned can be shared and leveraged.
Specifically, the alliance lays a good foundation to foster an enabling regulatory environment in the hydrogen development area. Member states benefit from being able to co-develop public policy, financing and certification standards, skills development programs as well as governance models and joint stakeholder relations.
Considering the technical and cross-cutting nature of the green hydrogen sector, the alliance aims to collectively position, enable and strengthen African markets in this area.
New developments in already promising African markets include Namibia’s proposed $9.4 billion project developed by Hyphen Hydrogen Energy; South Africa’s proposed multi-project Hydrogen Valley initiative; Egypt’s five-project lineup; Morocco’s 100 MW green hydrogen electrolyzer project; Mauritania’s 10 GW Project Nour and Kenya’s ongoing studies on green hydrogen adoption.